Lalas says Beckham could be called upon by England

Jul 18, 2007 - 6:10 PM By Jamie Gardner Special to PA SportsTicker

LONDON (Ticker) -- David Beckham has welcomed the help of the Los Angeles Galaxy as he looks to continue his England career.

Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas has written to fans to warn them they may be without Beckham for five Major League Soccer games due to international duty.

Lalas posted a letter on the Galaxy web site explaining that the club's prized asset - Beckham who has signed a five-year deal worth up to $250 million - could be called up by England coach Steve McClaren for next month's Wembley friendly against Germany and the five remaining Euro 2008 qualifiers.

A spokesman for Beckham insisted it was impossible to know how many games - if any - the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star would miss.

"Nobody can make any assumption that he will miss five games," a team spokesman told PA SportsTicker. "It's too early. David has said if he is called up by the England manager he will go back to England and play, simple as that.

"He is so passionate about playing for his country and the Galaxy have said before they will do everything possible to make sure that happens. No one wants to jump the gun. We will wait until that first squad is called for the Germany game (August 22) and if David is picked he will head back to London."

Lalas wrote a letter to fans.

"In recent months David Beckham has been called to represent England in their quest for a place in the 2008 European Championships," Lalas wrote. "We anticipate these call-ups will continue after his arrival to the Galaxy, and as a result, he may miss certain games during the latter half of the 2007 season.

"We know LA Galaxy fans are eager to see David Beckham play and we're working to ensure that he is available for as many games as possible."

Lalas listed the dates when Beckham could be called up under world governing body FIFA's mandate for player release. These periods would encompass five MLS games.

If the Galaxy turn their season around and make the title-deciding MLS Cup final, Beckham could miss that as well.

The final is scheduled for November 18 in Washington D.C., three days before England plays its final qualifier at home to Croatia.

"The LA Galaxy will support David's continued involvement with the England national team," Lalas said.

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